Trump ‘will not give in on wall’

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WASH­ING­TON: A lead­ing Se­nate Repub­li­can close to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says Mr Trump isn’t giv­ing in on his de­mands for a wall along the US-Mex­ico bor­der, the is­sue that’s caused the par­tial Gov­ern­ment shut­down that’s now in its fourth week.

Se­na­tor Lind­sey Gra­ham said he en­cour­aged Mr Trump dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion on Sun­day to re­open the Gov­ern­ment for a pe­riod of weeks to try to ne­go­ti­ate a deal with Democrats that would break the im­passe.

But the South Carolina Repub­li­can said Mr Trump wants a deal first. Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also has in­sisted that Mr Trump end the shut­down first be­fore any ne­go­ti­at­ing takes place.

“I tried to see if we could open up the Gov­ern­ment for a lim­ited pe­riod of time to ne­go­ti­ate a deal,” Mr Gra­ham said. “The Pres­i­dent says ‘Let’s make a deal, then open up the Gov­ern­ment’. Ms Pelosi says ‘even if you opened up the Gov­ern­ment I wouldn’t fund a wall’. What is he sup­posed to do? Just give in. He’s not go­ing to give in,” Mr Gra­ham said.

The as­sess­ment from Mr Gra­ham, who has be­come close to Mr Trump, suggested the shut­down could last for weeks longer, if not months, in­flict­ing ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial pain on the 800,000 fed­eral work­ers who have been idled or re­quired to work without pay for the du­ra­tion.

Se­na­tor Chris Coons called Mr Gra­ham’s idea for a brief re­open­ing of the Gov­ern­ment a “great place to start”. “Stop harm­ing our coun­try and our econ­omy and let’s make our best ef­forts be­cause we all agree we need to in­vest more in bor­der se­cu­rity,” Mr Coons said.

Mr Gra­ham said he thinks Mr Trump is will­ing to ac­cept the level of wall fund­ing he is seek­ing, along with some im­mi­gra­tion mea­sures Democrats might find ac­cept­able, such as help­ing im­mi­grants who were il­le­gally brought to the US as chil­dren.

Mean­while, Mr Trump has slammed a New York Times ar­ti­cle that re­ported that law en­force­ment

I tried to see if we could open up the Gov­ern­ment for a lim­ited pe­riod of time to ne­go­ti­ate a deal SE­NA­TOR LIND­SEY GRA­HAM

of­fi­cials be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing, in 2017, whether Mr Trump had been work­ing on be­half of Rus­sia against US in­ter­ests. The news­pa­per said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion came after the pres­i­dent’s fir­ing of FBI Direc­tor James Comey.

“I think it’s the most in­sult­ing thing I’ve ever been asked,” Mr Trump told Fox News.

“I think it’s the most in­sult­ing ar­ti­cle I’ve ever had writ­ten, and if you read the ar­ti­cle you’ll see that they found ab­so­lutely noth­ing.”

Mr Trump said he had pur­sued a tough stance on Rus­sia.

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